Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts / Edition 1

Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts / Edition 1

by Chadwick Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822329476

ISBN-13: 9780822329473

Pub. Date: 08/06/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Blood Narrative is a comparative literary and cultural study of post-World War II literary and activist texts by New Zealand Maori and American Indians—groups who share much in their responses to European settler colonialism. Chadwick Allen reveals the complex narrative tactics employed by writers and activists in these societies that enabled them to

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Blood Narrative is a comparative literary and cultural study of post-World War II literary and activist texts by New Zealand Maori and American Indians—groups who share much in their responses to European settler colonialism. Chadwick Allen reveals the complex narrative tactics employed by writers and activists in these societies that enabled them to realize unprecedented practical power in making both their voices and their own sense of indigeneity heard.
Allen shows how both Maori and Native Americans resisted the assimilationist tide rising out of World War II and how, in the 1960s and 1970s, they each experienced a renaissance of political and cultural activism and literary production that culminated in the formation of the first general assembly of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. He focuses his comparison on two fronts: first, the blood/land/memory complex that refers to these groups' struggles to define indigeneity and to be freed from the definitions of authenticity imposed by dominant settler cultures. Allen's second focus is on the discourse of treaties between American Indians and the U.S. government and between Maori and Great Britain, which he contends offers strong legal and moral bases from which these indigenous minorities can argue land and resource rights as well as cultural and identity politics.
With its implicit critique of multiculturalism and of postcolonial studies that have tended to neglect the colonized status of indigenous First World minorities, Blood Narrative will appeal to students and scholars of literature, American and European history, multiculturalism, postcolonialism, and comparative cultural studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822329473
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
08/06/2002
Series:
New Americanists
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,139,735
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Marking the Indigenous in Indigenous Minority Texts1
Pt. IA Directed Self-Determination25
1A Marae on Paper: Writing a New Maori World in Te Ao Hou43
2Indian Truth: Debating Indigenous Identity after Indians in the War73
Pt. IIAn Indigenous Renaissance107
3Rebuilding the Ancestor: Constructing Self and Community in the Maori Renaissance127
4Blood/Land/Memory: Narrating Indigenous Identity in the American Indian Renaissance160
Conclusion: Declaring a Fourth World195
AppIntegrated Time Line, World War II to 1980221
Notes241
Bibliography279
Index301

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